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travailtotravel Sat 10-Mar-12 22:18:10

I need some new suppliers to support my habit. Where, other than Paperchase and Artbox, can I get notebooks, sticky notes and other supplies that will make you sigh with contentment? I need a fix ...

ChippingInNeedsCoffee Sat 10-Mar-12 22:21:30

My name is ChippingIn and I am a stationery lover.

I'm not sure I can help you with suppliers much though - my problem is resisiting the urge to buy stationery - I never need to seek it out!

I buy all of my writing pens at Muji - 38mm gel pens in dark blue even though that's frowned on, on MN, in favour of icky black and I cried when they discontinued the pink in the 38 mm, it's now only in 50mm. I found some on eBay, but they aren't the same

travailtotravel Sat 10-Mar-12 22:26:38

Hmm Chipping you sound like you might be a mainliner just like me.

ChippingInNeedsCoffee Sat 10-Mar-12 22:53:27

The pen has to be perfect - I can't abide 'thick' pens or those with clumpy ink, or those that are too fat to hold... the list of 'can't abides' is endless! The paper has to be nice, white, with narrowly spaces lines in a very pale colour. The note book needs to open nicely. The colour of the cover is very important. Pencils have to be sharp (if arty) or 'click ups' if for writing... I could go on, but I fear boring even you blush

RemusLupinsBiggestGroupie Sat 10-Mar-12 23:02:39

My perfect pen is an Emma Bridgewater Black Toast one - it's quite slim and says 'Write Neatly' on it and reminds me of Alice in Wonderland. In addition, I buy many, many purple fine line pens from Paperchase. I also like Stabilo fineliners and Berol purple fine tip felts.

Muji do gorgeous slim small notebooks that open out nice and flat. I also like tiny moleskin notebooks. I like to buy the tiny, fairly cheap ones because I like to replace them often!

DollyTwat Sat 10-Mar-12 23:08:48

Do you know about
I have to keep away or I'll spend loads on different computed inks for my fountain pen

lookoveryourshoulder Sat 10-Mar-12 23:49:04 it still rude to write a letter in red ink ??

Salteena Sat 10-Mar-12 23:55:40

Can I confess to being another Muji stationery addict? I even went to some of their stores in Japan and Oh. My. God.

<whispers in awestruck tones> there is stationery there like you've never seen

wonkylegs Sun 11-Mar-12 00:09:16

I like Blott stationary .... You'll have to google them as I don't know web address but they've got a lovely (if limited) shop that I'd happily buy the contents of.
some nice things on here...

LovedayPan Sun 11-Mar-12 00:15:15

Oooh a Stationery Lovers thread. I can't go near our stationery room at work. Because I need escorting out of it, in a mildly sexual daze. Asking 'who is your supplier?' is like asking me 'who is your favourite pimp?'.

should have name-changed for that, shouldn't I?grin

ChippingInNeedsCoffee Sun 11-Mar-12 09:13:59

I must not click
I must not click
I must not click

... I should not be here, I should be in the car by now <sigh>

<drags self away kicking and screaming>

I'll be backkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk

The5thFishy Sun 11-Mar-12 09:19:23

My name is The5thFishy and I am a stationery addict. I like Paperchase, whsmiths surprisingly still have good stuff and old fashioned stationers.

The5thFishy Sun 11-Mar-12 09:21:02

And is brilliant for retro stuff, but £££££

thecarbonaraPan Sun 11-Mar-12 09:25:25

you aren't kiddin' 5th, are you? shock

my ardour has suddenly cooled..

The5thFishy Sun 11-Mar-12 09:28:16

Yes that one is a bit Pedlars but some of the other stuff is AMAZING.

CeliaFate Sun 11-Mar-12 09:28:57

My dd can spend an hour in Rymans, it's overtaken Claire's Accessories as her favourite shop. The man behind the counter even gave her a discount yesterday as she was such a loyal customer and was £1 short of what she needed!

EBDteacher Sun 11-Mar-12 09:32:30


I'm currently after a blue Amalfi journal. I want to go into the shop myself though so I have to wait until I have toddler free time. sad

warmandwooly Sun 11-Mar-12 09:34:12

I recently got three packs of bic stickey notes at homebargains for 15p each they also do to do\notes pads for less than a pound.

I am not too fussy regarding stationery at all

Bunbaker Sun 11-Mar-12 09:35:35

I work in stationery smile

FatPatChatsBack Sun 11-Mar-12 09:40:09

I too am an addict, i read somewhere recently that there is a link between sugar addiction and stationary addicton!!?? Its true in my case, anyone else? Off to click linkys smile

MadameChinLegs Sun 11-Mar-12 09:42:33

Wilkinsons, believe it or not. Small, but perfectly formed range of notebooks, pens and files (I have no use for files, but I like to stand and look at them on a shelf).

The only pen I ever use is a Black Bic. I will not compromise. I may find 'a good writer' in another pen, but my loyalty will always remain the The Black Bic.

Pancakeflipper Sun 11-Mar-12 09:45:02

My name is Pancakeflipper and I am very particular regarding my pens, pencils, notelets, writing paper, envelopes and cards.

I freak when my mother buys me notelets in folders called "20 cards for every occasion". I need help for this snobbery. It's shameful.

But I lurve finding beautiful cards.. I have a box of stationery porn.

Bunbaker Sun 11-Mar-12 09:46:40

IMO Bic make the best cheap ballpoint pen and Parker make the best more expensive ballpoint pens. It doesn't make any difference to the writing quality of the pen whether you spend £150 or £5 on a Parker pen as they all use the same refills.

Threelittleducks Sun 11-Mar-12 09:51:03

I need to work in stationery bunbaker! Tell me how!

My name is threelittleducks and I am a stationery addict.

My current favourite is fine line black sharpie on thick lined paper.


Threelittleducks Sun 11-Mar-12 09:53:30

Paperchase recently opened a shop in my town centre. I have never before seen such heavenly goods. Every week I am torn between gorgeous stationery or feeding the family.

It's sick.
In a good way.

DancingRoundTheKitchen Sun 11-Mar-12 09:55:21

Oooh, reading this thread had re-kindled a long forgotten love of 'nice writers' and notebooks with crisp, thick, white paper and pretty covers.
Right. I'm off to check out everyone's links (credit card at the ready)!

lurkerspeaks Sun 11-Mar-12 10:02:48

I'm a pen addict and buy all my pens from

I've just ordered a big batch of different kinds to experiment with.

Stationery wise I admit to tending to buy when away on holiday - I have beautiful notebooks from liberty, shanghai tang and il papiro and correspondence cards from liberty, il papiro and the metropolitan museum of art.

YouChangeWithTheWeather Sun 11-Mar-12 10:11:22

The altar I worship at.

thecarbonaraPan Sun 11-Mar-12 10:16:50

Crumbs! I thought I was a bit over-commited to my stationery needs. Until this thread. In a drugs analogy, I've been doing the odd spliff. Some of you are main-lining crack.

And I am clicking. We have a Paperchase in central M/c - for everything else it'll have to be t'internet.

DancingRoundTheKitchen Sun 11-Mar-12 10:16:51

Lurker, liberty notebooks & correspondence cards??? I NEED them in my life.
Where can I buy them? My breathing has got a bit quicker with the anticipation of purchasing something so lovely!

DancingRoundTheKitchen Sun 11-Mar-12 10:20:29

Oh i get it, from Liberty.....are they liberty print though?

KateSpade Sun 11-Mar-12 10:35:45

I love stationary, I have about 4 pink parker pens, i just can't resist, especially diaries, notebooks, ect.

I especially like Promarkers for all my hand-drawn fashion illustrations.

Theirs only one place in my uni town, where they stock them and their like £4 per pen. shock but online their quite cheap...

KateSpade Sun 11-Mar-12 10:39:31

ohmydays look at all these

gold ones

aahh, heaven!

travailtotravel Sun 11-Mar-12 11:40:50

Oh, ladies. You haven't let me down. I have a high right now looking at the linkys <sigh>. I suspect this will be an expensive thread in the end!

travailtotravel Sun 11-Mar-12 11:55:05

Oh god, the liberty stuff. I need to give my bank card to DH, don't I.

Also funny stuff - someone brave enough to go overthere (unstylish emoticon) should tell S&B threaders about this!

jinsei Sun 11-Mar-12 12:14:16

<sticks on virtual post-it note to mark place>

stealthsquiggle Sun 11-Mar-12 12:19:07

Adding my virtual page tag thingy...

I will come back when DH isn't looking I am feeling less poor. This could be even more expensive than Children's books threads (but not as expensive as the cake quiche, hopefully)

FatPatChatsBack Sun 11-Mar-12 12:41:01

I love notebooks, preferably plain rather than lined. Have found tkmaxx do a nice selection, picked up two Lisa Stickley notebooks ( both identical, as there were only two left and i couldn't bear the thought of anyone else having them) beautiful quality and so pleasing to the eye. Have a huge drawer dedicated to the storage of my unused collection smile

warmandwooly Sun 11-Mar-12 13:25:13

FatPatChatsBack-the Tk You mention sounds like my TK Maxx who has Lisa Stickley stuff in including pencils

differentnameforthis Sun 11-Mar-12 13:41:28

Can you buy stationary online? I can't. Not even pens.

I need to look at them, hold them & test them. If I need a journal/address book etc, I need to look at the pages, flick through them..


RemusLupinsBiggestGroupie Sun 11-Mar-12 14:01:50

I agree - need to touch before buying.

jendifa Sun 11-Mar-12 14:31:49

Oh my goodness, this thread has made me so happy! I like independent stationary shops. There are a few near me though that I think are chains - Smithsonia is good.

juneybean Sun 11-Mar-12 14:35:54

You The Works has some gorgeous notepads, I got one with a picture of two little girls, think it's called Milly & Macy? So cute! and so cheap

juneybean Sun 11-Mar-12 14:36:03

Oops you know ^

juneybean Sun 11-Mar-12 14:40:38

and I meant "molly and macy" ... fail.

EvenBetter Sun 11-Mar-12 14:51:18

I need nice paper!!
I have pen pals (nerd) who gave all sorts of gorgeous printed paper-landscapes, borders with gorgeous patterns, mad Japanese paper. But NOTHING here. It needs to be A4 sized and lots of it.
At the minute I'm just using coloured paper & decorating it myself. Paperchase only has boring paper, but nice colours & there's no Wilkinson or anything like that where i live.

Not too obsessed with pens as I'm left handed and write 'upside down', so everything is a smudgy mess

MyNameIsInigoMontoya Sun 11-Mar-12 14:59:10

Ooh has anyone seen any nice in-tray type things at any of these places? I had some nice ones from John Lewis (black, with black and white London skyline photo inside) but I need some more and they've stopped doing them! I hate the usual ugly wire or plastic trays.

ChippingInNeedsCoffee Sun 11-Mar-12 15:08:12

Lots of lovely links smile

RemusLupinsBiggestGroupie Sun 11-Mar-12 15:12:07

If you want to be a 'proper' member of The Stationery Addicts Support/Motivation Group, though, PLEASE make sure you all spell it right. smile I am also a fan of sitting still but this is about stationEry, not being stationAry. Sorry but I couldn't let it lie. smile

See, I like Muji for trays etc but they would be too boring for you, Inigo. Gosh, I love Inigo M almost as much as I love notebooks so I am now doubly excited!

MyNameIsInigoMontoya Sun 11-Mar-12 20:36:14

blush grin

HandMini Sun 11-Mar-12 20:43:38 just blew my mind. SUCH nice stuff.

travailtotravel Sun 11-Mar-12 20:52:32

Oh, I got some lovely intrays in Paperchase - the pink babushka range ...*my nameis*

differentnameforthis Mon 12-Mar-12 03:05:41

Opps, sorry remus blush

I do know that it is an an E.. (late night posting from Australia)

MyNameIsInigoMontoya Mon 12-Mar-12 11:29:56

Ooh, I will have a look thanks travail, though I'm not usually a very 'pink' person!

stealthsquiggle Mon 12-Mar-12 11:55:51

oh my word - I think I can safely say that I want everything on

stealthsquiggle Mon 12-Mar-12 11:57:48

filing tray?

ariadneoliver Mon 12-Mar-12 12:08:46

Love Present and Correct too. I may as well just order one of everything for ease. grin

MyNameIsInigoMontoya Mon 12-Mar-12 13:27:37

Mm that is rather nice. Wonder if they stack?

I wasn't actually that big a fan of presentandcorrect, a lot of it looked to me like stuff that you would like when you got it but which would just turn into additional lying-around stuff after a while rather than being actually useful. I'm on a (very gradual) clutter-clearing mission at the moment, so have little patience for anything that doesn't earn its keep space!

hathorinareddress Mon 12-Mar-12 13:40:05

I need want a fat pen. A proper fat fountain pen as fat as the No Nonsense ones used to be.

Can any of you ladies help?

stealthsquiggle Mon 12-Mar-12 13:44:14

InigoM - I know what you mean. I want it all, but would never actually buy it because most of it is, indeed, "stuff".

MoreBeta Mon 12-Mar-12 13:54:14

I do love the look and feel of a nice thick sheet of Conquer paper. You can buy it reams all packaged in a nice smart box from staples.

The feel of a making nice signature with a good fountain pen on Conqueror Bond is still one of those little pleasures in life. You can get matching envelopes too.

thecarbonaraPan Mon 12-Mar-12 13:59:23

It's been a while hasn't it, MoreBeta.


MoreBeta Mon 12-Mar-12 14:44:02

Pan - I admit that I do sometimes just look at it and I go all wistful like.


bleedingheart Mon 12-Mar-12 14:48:55

Too much temptation on this thread! I already have a small filing cabinet of coloured paper, cards, notebooks of all sizes, postcards, highlighters, fineliners... How can people NOT love stationery?!

RemusLupinsBiggestGroupie Mon 12-Mar-12 21:52:03

I only have a small wooden box of stationery porn but I NEED your 'small filing cabinet' Bleedingheart. smile

ariadneoliver Tue 13-Mar-12 21:44:16

For anyone with branches nearby, Wilkos has some lovely retro styled stationery at the moment and Tiger has some good Scandi stuff. Very reasonably priced!

kitbit Tue 13-Mar-12 21:51:13

Saw this thread and knew you'd be on it, Pan! grin

<clutches Chipping to bosom and shares handbag full of Muji gel pens>

I like the Pantone B5 size notebooks, spiral with cream paper, narrow lines that fit my writing perfectly. The Muji pens glide perfectly on the paper, tis bliss. However they don't make the books any more <cries> so the 10 I bought about 2 years ago to use for projects at work are running low <gibber>

Onesunnymorningin2012 Tue 13-Mar-12 22:02:49

Muji pens... <dribbles>

Pocketsocks Tue 13-Mar-12 22:43:46

While I have no answer to the question, I feel that this is the only place I will get any sympathy for my plight. Everyone else in my life has just raised an eyebrow and said "oh well"

My favorite, seemingly irreplaceable in terms of the "right feel" fountain pen broke this week. I sat on it

Woe is me!

thecarbonaraPan Tue 13-Mar-12 22:48:09

kitbit gulp. blush

My name is Pan, and I am unnaturally addicted to stationery. And I don't

Wittsend13 Tue 13-Mar-12 22:48:50

This thread has made me laugh. If you lot were my customers I'd be very rich!

MoreBeta Wed 14-Mar-12 08:54:21

Moleskin notebooks. I have always wanted them. For some reason never actually bought one.

MorrisZapp Wed 14-Mar-12 09:08:30

Hello, my people! Yup, am addicted to stationery too. Runs in my family. If me, my mum and my sister all go to paperchase together it's basically carnage.

Bigger branches of Rymans can be surprisingly good, but the only true hardcore hit for me now is stationery bought whilst on holiday. You know, abroad.

There's an amazing shop in (focking) Brugges, Hema it's called. Equivalent to a cross between Woolworths, Ikea and Paperchase. But foreign.

I came out punch drunk, weighed down, and slurring my words.

(they sell beauty stuff too)

Goes into reverie of blissful memory....

Scorchio Wed 14-Mar-12 09:26:07

Hema is great! It's a big Dutch chain and it's one thing that I miss about living in the Netherlands. I bought LOADS of stationery before we moved back to the U.K.

Doyouthinktheysaurus Wed 14-Mar-12 09:38:50

Pens are my thing......I have dispatched with the cheap and nasty biro's provided at work and carry my own personal stash of smooth writing gel pens. I love the uniball signo gel grip ones for work. They make even my appalling writing legible -- most of the time--

Have to write in black for work, so for home I have discovered the most beautiful range of colours in the uniball eye pens. I have green, pink, purple, orange, wine.....oh they are lovelysmile


Salteena Wed 14-Mar-12 09:40:23

Has anyone mentioned this paper shop in London yet?

Oh my goodness gracious. It is heaven. Though pricey. Anyone who hasn't been should make a special trip to bankrupt themselves feed their addiction, seriously.

Salteena Wed 14-Mar-12 09:41:43

Whoops. So excited I mistyped the link, sorry! Here, Falkiners

Superene Wed 14-Mar-12 09:50:14 I had to be prised out of the shop in NY 6 years ago and I still dream about it. Sad.

thomasbodley Wed 14-Mar-12 11:05:47

I have posted about them before (no relation or connection, I swear), but I love Leathersmith notebooks with all my heart. They cost 1/3 of Smythson but have the same sumptuous leather and the blue bleedproof paper.

I have stopped buying notecards at Smythson and started getting my own printed - with bespoke decals designed by a graphic designer friend - and printed at a thermographic printing specialist. Smythson are now so expensive this option is actually cheaper.

I also have a white marble Parker Centennial fountain pen. This is the Olympic medal of fountain pens, and no-one is allowed to use it because it has an 18k gold nib so soft it moulds to your own handwriting within hours. My husband is left handed and once attempted to use it- he was lucky to escape a physical assault. It costs £50 every other year to maintain grin

You lot are mere amateurs. When can I boast about my Dymo 400 label printer, please? grin

SlightlyJaded Wed 14-Mar-12 11:22:38

Another addict here.

I have a beautiful Mont Blanc pen and some embossed cream personalised cards that I never use because i've got no reason to use them which I love

I love Moleskine notebooks
Anything from Smythsons sale
et al

When I was little, I love stationery in a different way - I liked the functional stuff, so for my 9th or 10th birthday, my mum spent about £40 in Rymans and I got:

1 x book raffle tickets
1 x real teacher's register
1 x Accounting book
2 x tear off (perforated edges) invoice book with carbon sheets
1 x ring binder with dividers
1 x clear clipboard (big thing to have clear plastic back in the day and I think this was from a shop called 'Parrot' on the Kings Road - defo not Ryman'
1 x tear of duplicate 'phone messages' book


I have recently bought DD (6) a 'real' teachers register and she loves it too

SlightlyJaded Wed 14-Mar-12 11:23:32

Oooh and one of those Dymo things where you turned the wheel to change the letter and could print out REAL PLASTIC LABELS

<faints with happiness>

Doyouthinktheysaurus Wed 14-Mar-12 11:43:06

I have a label maker, I love the concept and when it works properly it's great but it seems to eat the tape and then I end up with a concertina style label which is crapconfused

I have boys and they don't seem to 'get' the stationery thing at all. I get excited over buying them a new pencil case each year, they couldn't give a monkeys what it looks like!!

I buy them decent pencils to satisfy myself, again, they aren't bothered. They do both appreciate a good sharpener though....maybe there is hope yetgrin

thomasbodley Wed 14-Mar-12 12:17:20

I really, really want one of those old-fashioned pencil sharpeners that clamps to your desk and sharpens when you turn a little lever. They had them when I was at primary school on the teacher's desk; never seen one since.

Someone I know has an electric pencil sharpener [evils emoticon]

stealthsquiggle Wed 14-Mar-12 12:20:42

Superene - pre DC, I used to plan trips to NYC around the happy hours to be spent in Kates Paperie. Every now and again someone is deemed worthy of one of the remaining pieces of wrapping paper from my carefully hoarded supply.

Do they ship to the UK yet? It would be a poor substitute for a RL fix, but better than nothing.

stealthsquiggle Wed 14-Mar-12 12:23:48

Doyouthinktheysawus - you need to work on your DSs - mine is more of a stationery addict than DD and a true appreciator of the joy of sets of stuff.

ariadneoliver Wed 14-Mar-12 12:26:25 I can see why people love this place. grin

thomasbodley Wed 14-Mar-12 12:27:40

OMG squiggle, I'd forgotten all about sets.

Did you have a Helix Oxford Maths pencil box tin when you were little? I swear it was the main reason I applied to Oxford.

MorrisZapp Wed 14-Mar-12 12:30:54

YY Jaded, I was just like that as a kid too!

I'll never forget the birthday when my mum and dad got me a plastic index box complete with index cards and dividers.

I almost expired with joy.

Mini clipboards too... and staplers....

cuggles Wed 14-Mar-12 12:35:37

ooh - how exciting - cant read whole thread just now as babies want lunch but I too am a stationery lover and just in process of opening an online shop for pretty/fun stationery - - mainly just so I can order lots and enjoy upwrapping it all! Should be up and running in a month or so!

hophophippidtyhop Wed 14-Mar-12 12:35:54

I loved papernation, but it's closed for a year while they go travelling - they had fab notebooks in there.

MorrisZapp Wed 14-Mar-12 12:36:52

Oh my life!

<leaves child, abandons job, flies to NY>

bleedingheart Wed 14-Mar-12 12:52:28

One of my best Christmas presents was from an Aunt with a similar addiction. I'd asked for some new felt tips for Christmas. She arrived with a gift bag almost as big as me, filled with pens, notebooks, post-it notes in unusual shapes, those flourescent cards people used to put prices and notices on in shops, a marbled peacock coloured portfolio file, novelty erasers. Oh, it was a great day!

BlackCatsAndPurpleDogs Wed 14-Mar-12 13:28:54

I was just going to say that it annoys the hell out of me when people spell it station*a*ry, and just noticed further up that some of you do just that.

LeQueen Wed 14-Mar-12 13:36:12

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

ariadneoliver Wed 14-Mar-12 13:46:21

I assume, LeQueen, that by share you actually meant look at occasionally, but not so often that there is any danger of fading by excess exposure to sunlight?

LeQueen Wed 14-Mar-12 13:56:06

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

AFingerofFudge Wed 14-Mar-12 13:57:09

Another stationery addict here, another muji pen addict here <glances fondly at pot of muji pens next to laptop>
I love love love going to one of the big big hypermarkets in France when we go on holiday in August. I always insist to DH I need a whole day for the shop. Most of that is taken up with the Back to School aisles of which there are rows and rows of stationery. It is bliss.
Have just looked at that present and correct site, never seen it before and now purse has started twitching

AFingerofFudge Wed 14-Mar-12 13:58:33

oh gawd why is it all so expensive though <cries>

Doyouthinktheysaurus Wed 14-Mar-12 14:04:41

I try stealth, I really do but they just look at me like thishmm


Doyouthinktheysaurus Wed 14-Mar-12 14:07:54

It doesn't help that pencil cases and the like for boys on the high street are just awful! I bought their last pencil cases online, made by a company that does rucksacks. They are lovely, plain but brightly coloured.

Whsmith and the like just do a few for boys which are either black or camouflagehmm The selection for girls is much larger and more varied.....lots of pink thoughhmm

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